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    BMX racing news August 2005

    30/08 Blandine Cottereau signs with ONE Bicycles

    One Bicycles press release
    Blandine Cottereau from France signs with ONE Bicycles.
    After an impressive first year in Elite Women, the former National and
    European Champion will be a welcome addition to the team for the coming
    years.
    ONE Bicycles’ BMX team is sponsored by: TROY LEE DESIGNS, SHIMANO, BOMBSHELL,
    BOLLE, WLM DESIGN, BOMBA, THOMSON, FIZIK, ODI, ZITOUN, KENDA, NIKE 6.0,
    NIKE Cycling, NIKE Timing, COOL SHIRT and BMXPIX

    30/08 BSX track works update

    by Shane Jenkins
    Sunday was a big day of work on the backyard track. We started at
    8 am and didn’t finish until 6 pm, we were lucky the weather gods were
    kind, it was a sunny day with a cool breeze.
    Shannon Rademaker was behind the wheel of the tipper this time, I had
    the shovel, and throughout the day we had a few helpers. Luke Chmielewski,
    former team BMXUltra.com rider, brough his brother Chris, who also used
    to race. They helped build up a corner until the slopes of Kinglake called
    out to them, then they went off to do some mountain biking. Another old
    mate of mine who doesn’t race, actually he has never seen a BMX track,
    helped for most of the afternoon. Thanks Lewis.
    We didn’t quite get everything done to plan. We have a first jump now,
    finally. It needs more shaping, and it’s so big and close to the start
    hill that we’ll have to build the hill up so you get more speed, but we
    knew we were going to do that anyway. We have only half finished the 3rd
    straight rhythm, the problem is, to finish it off will mean that we couldn’t
    get a tipper in to finish off the rest of the track, so it will be the
    last thing we do at this stage. We got the outside 3rd corner done. This
    is where all the dirt went. It’s our own version of berm-zilla…it’s
    huge and will be so fast once it is rolled in properly. We have dumped
    a couple of loads of dirt around the track to tie us over until the next
    time we hire the tipper. But that won’t be for a while. Racing is starting
    up this weekend, and in about 2 weeks, I am back to Boston for work. This
    time Shannon will be coming along, we’ll be hitting up the ABA Canadian
    Grands on the way and then a road trip to NBL Supercross Nationals at
    Woodward. So that will write us off for over a month. We should be back
    in time for the Cash Dash.
    Photos to come soon.
    Thanks to our partners: TotalBMX.com.au, Dirt Designs, Cyclelink.com.au,
    Safe and Sound, BMXTronic and bmxultra.com, without them none of this
    would be possible.

    29/08 Review: One CrMo frame

    by bmxultra.com
    I might shut it down when it comes to racing during the Aussie winter,
    but that doesn’t mean that I’m not on the bike, or doing stuff for the
    website. Throughout winter I have continued to ride and train as weather
    permitted, and most of that time was on a limited edition One Bicycles
    CrMo frame.
    Click here to check out
    the review and what we thought of the One Bicycles CrMo frame.

    29/08 Walczuk baby

    by TotalBMX
    There was a new member of the TotalBMX race team added last Thursday when
    Kristy Walczuk, wife of everyone’s favourite crazy man Craig Walczuk,
    had a baby girl at 1.45am. Both mum and baby are healthy, they named her
    Zali Jayne Walczuk, she weighed in at 7.4lb.

    27/08 Khalen Young in car accident

    by bmxultra.com
    The only Australian rider on the One Bicycles world team, Khalen
    Young, is known to not do anything by halves. I received an SMS message
    on Friday from a friend of his saying he is in a Melbourne hospital after
    taking on a truck in his car and he would have to have an operation to
    put plates in his jaw. Apparently 3 either side I found out later, the
    operation went well.
    Last I heard from Khalen, it was a few weeks ago, he was practicing for
    a record attempt at the worlds longest back flip on a BMX bike. I guess
    those plans are on hold for now.

    26/08 Total BSX Update

    by bmxultra.com
    Event Poster
    What event would be complete without a poster?
    The event isn’t until January but we would like to help our current partners
    get all the recognition they deserve for helping us run the event and
    raise money for the Royal Children’s Hospital at the same time. As new
    partners join us we will be updating the poster.
    Click the thumbprint (right) to open up the full page poster,
    print it out and:

    • stick it on your wall for decoration
    • put it on the fridge as a reminder
    • show your mates and build your own backyard track to run an event
    • take it to the races and have your favourite riders sign it, then
      sell it on Ebay.

    Competitors list updated (now 34 riders)
    If you are a BMX pro and will be in Melbourne during the Track
    Attack series and are looking for something to do to pass time on the
    Wednesday email us to have your name added to the list of riders already
    keen to win this unique event.

    AA Pros
    Wade Bootes (Qld)
    Glenn Cadega (Qld)
    Tony Harvey (Vic)
    Levi Collins (Vic)
    Ben Price (Vic)
    David Page (Vic)
    Jonathan Hoare (Vic)
    Brock Tuckerman (Vic)
    Ross Miller (SA)
    Ben Davis (WA)
    Blake Schofield (WA)
    Simon Anderson (Vic)
    Michael Vockenson (Qld)
    Shaun Craven (Vic)
    Brett Scruse (NSW)
    Damien Rosenthal (Qld)
    Daniel Stocks (Vic)
    Daniel Johnstone (NSW)
    A Pros
    Shannon Rademaker (Vic)
    Geoff Tripovich (Vic)
    Aaron Jeffree (Vic)
    Adam Carey (Vic)
    Phil Brezigar (Qld)
    Nathan Evans (Vic)
    Scott Bradley (SA)
    Nick Brookes (SA)
    Paul Surrey (NSW)
    Shane Jenkins (Vic)
    Josh Callan (Vic)
    Michael Chasteauneuf (Vic)
    Adam Robb (Vic)
    Aaron Wood (Vic)
    Andrew Toth (Vic)
    Shaun Kirshner (NSW)

    Working bee this Sunday
    If you have some time up your sleeve on Sunday and are in the
    Melbourne area, we will be doing a little more track work, drop us an
    email for details. The weather should be good for riding too, you could
    be one of the first to ride the track.

    For event sponsorship enquires please email webmaster@bmxultra.com.

    Total BSX is presented by bmxultra.com,
    but would not be possible without support from our partners TotalBMX,
    Dirt Designs, Cyclelink.com.au,
    Safe And Sound,
    BMXTronic. We would
    also like to thank BMXPress Magazine for covering the event.

    26/08 NSW Tri Series

    by Darren Westwood
    Maitland Tenambit, Lake Macquarie and Terrigal will be holding the Tri
    Series classic on the 10th and 11th September. That right three tracks
    in two days. Maitland Saturday 4 motos then Lake Macquarie Saturday afternoon/night
    4 motos then Terrigal Sunday 4 motos. Pro is a different format 3 motos
    + finals at each track.

    The big draw card is $6000 pro prize pool and $500 for the biggest cruiser
    class, $500 for the biggest age class and 5 x $200 Mystery class awards
    $8000 in total.

    See flyer on the bmxultra.com race calendar
    for details. Come and ride the best track in Australia ( Lake Macquarie)
    see write up in BMXpress.

    26/08 Lilydale BMX Club update

    by Michael Willis (Lilydale BMX Club)
    Just a quick note to let you know that the sanctioned meeting
    scheduled for the 25th of Sept. is the annual Lilydale Spring Cup meeting.
    This year the Club is putting up $1200.00 for the 14+ men and women ($900
    + payback men $300 + payback women pay top eight). The Club is also having
    a “Spring Cup Relay Challenge” for a perpetual trophy (that
    the winning club get to keep for a year) which will be donated by one
    of our members with the winning team riders each taking home a replica
    cup. We will also be having pit bikes on the day. The flyer is being worked
    on at the moment and will (should) be ready to hand out at Eastfields
    meeting. [Editor: You should also find the entry form here when it’s available.]

    26/08 Frankston BMX Club update

    Frankston BMX Club press release
    Just to let you know HELLTRACK will not be on this year but we have booked
    a date on the 26th Feb 2006. I have been looking for sponsors, because
    we want to get the A and AA classes back. There are packages available
    for as low as $100 age class. (proposal only) Prize money $1500 AAmen
    $25entry with $20 payback. AA ladies $750 $20 entry – $15.00 payback.
    Vet pro & Vet Cruiser – $300.00 $17.00 entry $12 payback. We are even
    encouraging first time racers age class $10.oo entry.
    I have written to every caravan park and hotel in the area trying get
    good deals on accommodation and at a later date will post up local families
    offering a bed or room for BMXers to stay for FREE.

    We hosted a young girl this year from Darwin for Track Attack and I encourage
    all BMX families to do the same if you have a spare seat in your car and
    a fold out couch or bed (Why not) I’ll be more than happy to post request
    from riders in the Frankston Newsletter and on the Website for Track Attack
    or HELLTRACK. If we all help one another it will cut cost and we will
    see more interstate riders around the tracks.

    Rumours on page 3 of the latest BMXpress magazine states that Frankston
    will be flattened and then relocated later this year – This is
    not true
    – The Frankston Council has given us stage 1 of our
    grant which is to be used for New lights (confirmed Night racing Track
    Attack) New start Hill cover and upgrades. Stage 2 will start next year.

    25/08 The best all round tyre

    by bmxultra.com
    Here are the responses so far to the question “What is the best all round tyre?”

    Brett Scruse (Standard Team AA Pro & Team Manager)
    You’re dead right. I got my hands on some Comp X tyres last year and since
    trying them out for a few months I put the whole Australian Standard Pro
    Team on them for one simple reason, they work on any track in any condition.

    Brock Tuckerman (Elite Cycle Imports/Bendigo Cycles)
    I used to run a MAXXIS maxx daddy 1.85 on the front and a comp III 1.75
    on the rear, this was a good combination but because cornering has never
    really been a strong point of mine. I ordered a few different combinations
    through Bendigo Cycles and the best combination I found was an INTENSE
    halo front tyre (2.10) which Elite Cycle Imports do, although its a 2.10
    profile, its still quite skinny. The reason I find it good is because
    it is very round profile as apposed to the square profile of other tyres,
    so therefore when I corner it is running on the full tread of the tyre
    instead of the corner of the tyre like Maxx daddys imparticular. But on
    the rear I run an IRC Siren (1.75) because I found the Halo’s tend to
    wheel spin a lot out of the gate and the only way I could stop it was
    run low pressure but then I had trouble with pinch flats. So thats why
    I tried the IRC and I will contradict myself here but on the back the
    slightly squarer profile meant I had more tyre on the concrete for gate
    starts and was able to run more pressure (60 psi for dry tracks and 52
    psi for wet) and also that allows me to run the same tyres on every track,
    this combination works very well at my home track Bendigo which has a
    crusha dust surface, but also at Frankston which is a granetic surface
    in the wet and the dry which I found out for the last two rounds of the
    Metro Plate series, one round was wet and one was dry, but I still used
    the same tyres just different pressures like I said before.

    Brian “Choo-Choo” Lacey
    My preference is Comp III’s because on any surface they’re predictable
    and never poor in grip.
    I’ve tried a few others (Max Daddy’s, Panaracer’s, IRC Sirens) but all
    seemed to a bit better on some surfaces but a lot worse on others. And
    while some of these are very good in grip on the right surface, when they
    do loose grip they loose suddenly with little warning. And when your reactions
    are tired and slow like mine, you need all the warning you can get.

    Brett MaliC
    I’ve been swapping between 2 brands on my One bike. I can’t go past the
    Comp III, they are legendary and the Specialized AA Main 20 x 1.75R.
    Don’t know, I used both on the HARO in Adelaide last year for the indoor
    track and liked the comp tyres better, but used and liked the specialized
    on the outdoor track at Cairns this year.
    Then again I didn’t stay on my bike long enough to find out how the tyres
    performed around the whole track! Tracks seem longer when you carry your
    bike around them.
    I’d Like to know what peoples preferences are for indoor and outdoor tracks.

    24/08 ABA Canadian Grands Vs NBL Supercross Nationals

    by Shane Jenkins
    I have a choice of attending one of two events during September.
    I could pop into the ABA’s Canadian Grand Nationals in Chilliwack, completely
    jet lagged, on my way to Boston for some work. Or I could hire a car and
    drive 400ish miles across to Woodward, PA for the Supercross Nationals.
    Normally I would go for the bigger race, but I was in Chilliwack white
    water rafting 5 years ago. I do remember an awesome water park not far
    from Chilliwack with something that was like a half pipe that you ride
    on a tube, which was worth checking out again.
    The NBL Big-A races don’t seem to pull too many riders, but this is Woodward.
    Could someone out there that has been to either or even both of these
    events let me know what they are like I don’t have much time to start
    booking airfares, car hire and accommodation. Email webmaster@bmxultra.com.

    24/08 Racing is hotting up in Victoria

    by bmxultra.com
    The cold and wet weather will be with us a little longer since September
    is always the best time of the year for Victoria’s snow fields. All the
    off-season regional events are over and done with, which marks the start
    of the peak season, well kind of. It’s going to be a slow start with no
    racing on this weekend and there’s not a great deal up for grabs until
    the Bellarine Spectacular on the Sept 18. Eastfield’s Spring Classic –
    Sept 4 – and BMXVictoria’s SuperNats – Sept 11 – at the Northern Park
    track (Lalor) will be good to blow out the cobwebs, especiall if Northern
    Park are able to complete their planned track changes in time. Sept 25
    has been set aside for a sanctioned event, but sadly we haven’t heard
    a peep about what will be happening there.
    October will be a good month for racing. Just over the border the South
    Australian State Championships will be held at Mount Gambier on Oct 1-2,
    the event is open for all pro classes and if it is as good as last year
    it will be well worth travelling to. That will be followed up with the
    South Eastern Cash Dash on Oct 9, and Warrnambool on Oct 30, they always
    put on a good show. Shepparton have a meeting on Oct 16, but I have no
    idea what’s happening there either.
    Then we have November kicked off with potentially the biggest event in
    Victoria this year the Knox Dome on 5-6. That’s followed a week later
    by Frankston on Nov 13 and the Victorian State Championships at Portland
    Nov 26-27.
    If you have to pick one trip to Victoria this year, I think the ‘Dome
    would be the one to go for…or wait for the Track Attack series Jan 14-22,
    it includes 6 races in 9 days. Rumour has it there will be a $10,000 teams
    event throughout the series that just might attract some international
    pros to the event. And don’t forget the Total BSX pro only race on Wednesday
    Jan 18.

    23/08 What is the best all round tyre?

    by bmxultra.com
    There are a number of race tyres on the market, some designed for
    specific conditions while most are designed for all conditions, wet or
    dry, clay or sandy surfaces.
    While I have been mostly using Comp III’s since they were introduced to
    the market back in the early 80’s, I have found other tyres to be equally
    as suitable to most conditions, but not all. That was until I got my hands
    on some Comp X tyres. So I run Comp X on my cruiser and Comp III’s on
    the rest of my bikes, rather than changing my tyres to suit different
    conditions I am able to change the pressure in the tyre from 60psi – 80psi
    (which is above recommended pressure).
    Tyres are very much a personal preference. Email webmaster@bmxultra.com
    and let us know what your preferred race tyre is and why.

    23/08 BSX track work this weekend

    by bmxultra.com
    With no racing scheduled in Victoria this Sunday it will be a
    perfect day to do some more work on the backyard track in preparation
    for the BSX race in January.
    At this stage weather forecast looks promissing, and with any luck some
    fine warmer conditions at the end of the week might help to dry the track
    out and allow for some riding, but Kinglake has been quite wet and the
    track has been a little soft and slippery lately.
    We have been offered help by many people, it’s difficult to contact you
    all individually.
    We’ll be starting early with a tipper to get as much dirt in the backyard
    as possible before we actually start shaping things, so don’t worry if
    you need some time to get over Saturday nights festivities, or to travel
    to the hills of Kinglake, we’ll be at it for most of the day. Our agenda
    includes putting in the first jump, building the third set of split corners,
    finishing off the third straight rhythm section and getting anything else
    done that we can.
    If you are in the area and have some spare time up your sleeve on Sunday
    email webmaster@bmxultra.com
    for details.

    22/08 Does BMX lack identity?

    by bmxultra.com
    BMX has been a recognised sport since the early 70’s but it concerns
    me that, just a couple of years away from it’s introduction into the Olympics,
    it doesn’t have an identity of it’s own. You can pick a surfer by the
    clothes they wear, it’s the same with skaters. It’s mostly because the
    brands that started in the surf and skating industries now have a much
    wider appeal. I won’t get into naming brands but I think you get the idea.
    If you talk to anyone who knows very little about BMX and they might remember
    a few of the old school brands like Mongoose, GT and Redline, but that’s
    about the extent of it. Tell them the name of some of the newer brands
    and they simply wouldn’t know what you are talking about. Drop name’s
    like Supercross, One Bicycles, or any of the endless list of others and
    you might get a reassuring nod, but you know it’s just going in one ear
    and out the other.
    Here’s where you come in. If you are a BMXer you should be wearing BMX
    brands proudly across your chest. Let the world know you are a BMXer,
    don’t get suckered into promoting other sports or especially other sports
    brands. Your money just goes straight back into sponsoring elite skaters
    or surfers or promoting events that you’ll never get to because you’ll
    be at the track or riding trails.
    BMX t-shirts, hoodies, hats, etc are all available online, at your local
    bike shop or at the races. Find merchandise from your favourite brands
    and help BMX grow it’s own identity.

    19/08 Northern Park entry form

    by bmxultra.com
    The Northern Park BMX club will be hosting the BMXVictoria SuperNats
    on September 11. Apparently they are jumping on the “one on one”
    bandwagon, which is fine by me. They will be running finals with only
    two riders. You will have to read the entry form to get a better understanding
    of how the event will work, personally I would have though that NBL rules
    would have made more sense and would be simpler to understand, maybe next
    time.
    Last we heard there should be some track changes made very soon.
    Check out the race calendar to download
    the entry form for full details.

    19/08 Metro plate results

    by bmxultra.com
    The final results are in for Victoria’s Eastern Region Metro
    Plate Series.
    How did you do?

    18/08 BSX Update

    by bmxultra.com
    For those of you who came in late, Total BSX (bicycle super cross)
    is a backyard BMX event that will be held on the 18th of January at Kinglake
    West, less than an hour north of Melbourne’s CBD. The track will be somewhat
    of a cross between Stumpy’s Sprint Trails and the Double Downs track (seen
    on Transit 4 DVD), lots of big jumps and tight turns with no room for
    error. It has been confirmed that Australia’s own BMXPress Magazine will
    be covering the event.
    There will be a timed round to qualify for the event, we will take only the
    top 32 riders, they will be ranked according to their time and given a
    special BSX plate with their ranking number that Dirt Designs have put
    together to use for the event.
    From there it will be a one on one eliminator, the fastest rider
    chooses their side of the track. The winner continues on to the next round,
    the loser watches from the sidelines, until we have 2 finalists.
    We will also be incorporating a state of origin challenge, we have
    to work out some of the finer details, like a scoring system, etc.
    Raising money for the Royal Children’s Hospital
    After the event is over the number plates will be auctioned off to
    raise money for the Melbourne Royal Children’s Hospital. Warwick Wheeler
    from BMXPress Mag has already made a bid for $100 for the plate of the
    rider who wins the event.
    Competitors list updated (now 31 riders)
    If you are a BMX pro and will be in Melbourne during the Track
    Attack series and are looking for something to do to pass time on the
    Wednesday email us to have your name added to the list of riders already
    keen to win this unique event.

    AA Pros
    Wade Bootes (Qld)
    Glenn Cadega (Qld)
    Tony Harvey (Vic)
    Levi Collins (Vic)
    Ben Price (Vic)
    David Page (Vic)
    Jonathan Hoare (Vic)
    Brock Tuckerman (Vic)
    Ross Miller (SA)
    Ben Davis (WA)
    Blake Schofield (WA)
    Simon Anderson (Vic)
    Michael Vockenson (Qld)
    Shaun Craven (Vic)
    Brett Scruse (NSW)
    Damien Rosenthal (Qld)
    Daniel Stocks (Vic)
    A Pros
    Shannon Rademaker (Vic)
    Geoff Tripovich (Vic)
    Aaron Jeffree (Vic)
    Adam Carey (Vic)
    Phil Brezigar (Qld)
    Nathan Evans (Vic)
    Scott Bradley (SA)
    Nick Brookes (SA)
    Paul Surrey (NSW)
    Shane Jenkins (Vic)
    Josh Callan (Vic)
    Michael Chasteauneuf (Vic)
    Adam Robb (Vic)
    Aaron Wood (Vic)

    Insurance
    For the competitors concerned about insurance, the US events that are
    similar to this one are covered by their governing body, usually the NBL.
    We haven’t been approached by a governing body about insurance so will
    be opting for our own public liability insurance.
    Spectators
    Spectator room is limited, we will need to take a closer look
    at how many people will fit in the backyard, but we expect a limit of
    around 120 spectators and 60 riders. We might have to look at a ticketing
    system for spectators, since there are additional costs for spectators
    such as insurance, toilet hire, etc.

    For event sponsorship enquires please email webmaster@bmxultra.com.

    Total BSX is presented by bmxultra.com, but would not be possible without support from our partners TotalBMX, Dirt Designs and Cyclelink.com.au.

    17/08 Portland

    by Greg Siinmaa
    I cant help myself, but I am impelled to reply to some of the comments
    and complaints about the Portland Track and the Western Extreme Series
    Final Round.
    The only parts of the track that were loose were the three corners with
    the first corner being the main culprit. The rest of the track was rock
    hard and I will dispute this with any one. As it was said in the report
    most if not all Vic Metro tracks would have struggled to run after an
    inch of rain let alone have a hard surface. It was much like the way Mt
    Gambier stays hard after rain. The complainants make it sound as though
    the whole track was as soft as porridge. No it is not like that. The corners
    were the only soft places and they will be fixed.
    Now the comments on how the meeting was run!
    It was run by the Western Region of BMX V. Not BMX V.
    PLEASE do not take this as the way Victorian meetings are run !!!!
    If you have been to the Northern Rivers Region Series or the Metro Plate
    Series meetings over this year and most of last year you would noticed
    that the breaks between motos are not long at all, no longer than 5 minutes
    and the main break has been kept to around 20 to 30 minutes with meetings
    generally finishing no later than 1.30pm. I too was disappointed with
    the long breaks as I had to travel over 550 kms to get home as well. The
    August 7th meeting was run by the Western Region and they are not running
    the BMX Victoria 2005 State Titles.

    The BMXV Events management Group run the Titles meeting and this year
    a huge amount has been put into the planning of the event to make it run
    well and on time. When the flier comes out in the next weeks you will
    see the changes that have been made to the race format, entry fees and
    more. Rather than sticking our heads in the sand we went out and asked
    people and have endeavoured to put things into place.
    The Portland Track may not be what everyone expected but it in my opinion
    is not that bad. With a few tweaks it will get better.
    Portland was awarded the meeting because they presented a proposal that
    if they were to get the State Titles they could gain grants to improve
    their facilities and the track. With better all round facilities they
    could increase their membership. It was taken on by BMXV that this would
    help the sport in a country area thus Portland got the nod. We all know
    that support for the sport of BMX is falling and in Victoria we have lost
    a few country clubs over the years. Should have BMXV said no to Portland
    in favour of an established track? That would have left Portland out in
    the cold and most likely they would have folded. BMXV pr*#ks again.
    I was very critical of the way the State Titles were being run in 2004
    but not of the Sunbury Club and not of the track. This year I got off
    my butt and hopefully myself and a few others that have risen to the challenge
    to make a difference to the way the meeting is managed.
    As for the track it “aint Liverpool” and it “aint Warragul”
    ( old school) but it aint that bad. Don’t you worry riders will bitch
    about the Knox track in 2006 no matter what is done to it. That’s Life
    !!
    Please don’t let the comments of a few who rode on a cold wet day at a
    laid back meeting on a track that was brand new and different to what
    they were used to.
    I know I will be there.

    16/06 Review: Evel Knievel (2005) DVD

    by bmxultra.com
    With thank to Warner Bros. Home Video we have been able to check out the new Evel Knievel DVD.
    Click here to read the full review.

    15/08 SA Titles and Pre-titles this weekend

    by Mount Gambier BMX Club
    The SA State Titles are set to go off in Mount Gambier on October 1st
    and 2nd, which is the long weekend. Tye’s Plumbing Service and Reece Plumbing
    Supplies have been announced as the major sponsors. A Men, AA Men, Open
    Ladies and 30+ Masters Cruiser Male and Female are open to riders from
    all states. Prize Money is as follows
    – 30+ Masters Cruiser Female $ 300.00
    – 30+ Masters Cruiser Male $ 500.00
    – Open Ladies $ 600.00
    – A Men $ 600.00
    – AA Men $ 1500.00
    Nominations close September 10th so make sure you get your entry in on
    time.
    You can find an entry form on the bmxultra.com race calendar.
    Also this Sunday, 21st August, the Blue Lake BMX Club will hold the 2005
    Pre-State Titles Day. There is prize money of $ 300.00 (subject to gender
    equity split 75/25 M/F ratio) for the 14+ Money Class. Racing starts 10.30
    AM SA time. Pre-nominations are required by this Thursday, 18th August
    with nomination forms available on the Blue Lake BMX website www.bluelakebmx.com
    . This is the perfect opportunity to get some practice in before the State
    Titles.

    15/08 Wodonga this weekend

    by bmxultra.com
    The Border BMX Club in Wodonga will be hosting the final round of
    the Northern Rivers Regional Championships this Sunday. They have been
    in touch to let us know there have been a few track changes. Their focus
    was to make the track more fun, so mostly the jumps have changes, and
    from what we hear there will be something for everyone.

    15/08 More about Portland

    by bmxultra.com
    Last week we received a bunch of emails about the Portland track
    and asked anyone for further comment, this is what we have received so
    far.

    Iain Smith
    Just thought I would drop you an email from part of the strong S.A contingent
    that travelled to Portland for the western extreme series. I thought when
    reading the BMX Vic report that maybe they were at a different track.
    I have never been to Portland before but no we were at the same track,
    I was actually asked on the day my thoughts on the track and as a few
    other riders have already said you don’t want to diss what has clearly
    been a huge effort to complete the track build in time with the weather
    that they have had, BUT as we said on the day the surface was fairly soft
    especially the corners. I believe (and please correct me if I’m wrong
    ) they don’t have a huge member base and perhaps tried too hard to keep
    everyone happy and overcomplicated their track.
    What’s wrong with plain doubles and step ups, rollers and the like. I
    agree that the starting gate ramp should be made steeper after changing
    my clips to platforms after one gate, I help run events and race at The
    Cove and we are pretty lax with our time frame for racing but a break
    after every moto is just too much with that wind straight off the south
    pole.
    I have done many track changes at The Cove and been involved in national
    track builds and I love to see people trying new ideas for surface materials
    but I don’t think the crushed limestone will compact hard enough with
    all the rain they get.
    We thought there would have been more Victorians, but you get that. We
    travelled and gave it a go.
    The people were gold, the canteen rocked, even the toilets were new, but
    I’m really sorry the tracks got nothin’.
    Please let us know if any changes are made as we have a few families that
    were considering travelling. If we were a bit closer than 570 kms away
    I would offer some assistance. This is only my opinion, top effort so
    far, but without honest feedback we can never improve.

    Tom Siinmaa
    I raced at Portland last weekend and agree with most of the comments made
    from the other riders.
    In my opinion the track didn’t flow much. There are too many small
    jumps that you can’t get speed off no matter how you take them.
    I think that if the first straight had a set of large sized doubles where
    the step up step down is. This would spread out the field a bit before
    the first corner allowing for more speed into the second straight. I also
    think that the jumps leading into the corners are a bit too far away from
    the corners, meaning that people have more time to think of how they are
    going to take the corner or if they are going to make a move on another
    rider. I found that the last straight definitely didn’t flow much.
    I think that the first step up step down should be something smaller and
    shorter so you are not struggling to get up the follow tabletop.
    I was asked if I would go to the track if it wasn’t changed, and
    I said yes. Even though I thought the track wasn’t how I would have
    it, it would be the same for everyone.

    Andrew Jones
    Being a fairly new rider to bmx and not having the experience of some
    of the other riders I thought that the first right hand corner on the
    straight was fairly loose and seemed to throw a lot of the faster guys
    off. Instead of entering at speed and exiting the same it was in at speed
    and out walking pace. Being in the 30+ cruiser class and not having the
    speed and not having so many bikes entering the corner at the same time
    it didn’t seem as bad, you still felt the front tyre wanting to
    slip away. I personally thought with more meets before the titles that
    it may pack down a lot more, I couldn’t really find an easy way
    to take the rhythms on the second straight but that was more of a skill
    problem than a track problem. The only other part was the last straight
    which had a large table top I saw a lot of the mid size kids nearly stop
    and just make it up this jump, if this was smaller it may make the run
    to the line a little more spectator and rider friendly allowing you to
    jump this and then the next double after that. I also agree with Nick
    about the time between races the 10min break turned into a 20min then
    the races were pumped through, myself and 2 other riders missed 1 race
    as we couldn’t here the races being called, I wouldn’t think
    that many riders enjoy or need large breaks between races. There may be
    some behind the scenes organization between races that needs to be done
    that takes the time I’m not sure.

    Brian Lacey
    I fear that the positive feedback from us at BMXV may have mislead people
    into thinking we believe that everything is ready for the State Titles.
    Not so. We know, and Portland club know that there is a lot to do yet.
    All of the positiveness needs to be taken relatively: Relative to where
    the track re-build was a month ago, or even two weeks ago, and relative
    to where other club’s tracks have been 3 months prior to a major event.

    For the record, between BMXV and Portland club there is a two page list
    of things to be done before the Interclub. The items on this list which
    relate to the track are:
    -Build up the exit side of the first turn to allow a better race line.
    -Compact the top half of all corners.
    -Smooth the bottom half of all corners.
    -Compact the up side of the finish straight table top.
    -Raise the rear of the start hill. (a “ramp” is to be added
    to the hill behind the gate to sit the bikes steeper against the gate).
    -Fit grip sheet to the start gate.
    I would also like to comment on the surface material, which Nick Brooks
    questions: The track is covered in what looks like cracker dust as used
    on many tracks, but this stuff is proper road/path making material with
    lots of “fines” in it. What that means is that when it is watered
    then rolled or wackered it sets firmly and doesn’t stay sandy like cracker
    dust. So with more (a lot more) watering and rolling and wackering the
    corners and the front of a few jumps will be as good as the rest of the
    track (the bits Nick didn’t fall onto and inspect at close range).
    If anyone wants to make constructive comment on the track they should
    contact me on 0413 706 786 or email laceyfamily@ozemail.com.au
    It is not too late to carry out more fine tuning on the jumps, or perhaps
    even more than just fine tuning, if a well thought-out case is raised.
    But be quick.

    13/08 World Titles on SBS tomorrow

    by bmxultra.com
    Going through the Melbourne TV guide for Sunday I located something interesting
    for Australian BMX racers. The recent UCI world titles will be aired on
    SBS at 11 am tomorrow Sunday August 14.
    Here’s the extract from the SBS website (www.sbs.com.au):
    11:00 am SPORT – CYCLING UCI BMX WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS
    The UCI BMX World Championships, from France.
    SMS Alert Code: 8768

    12/08 Preview Gavin D 2006 Calendar

    by bmxultra.com
    Gavin D has sent us the first glimpses of Gavin D’s BMX Calendar. Gavin
    said that “We are at print at the moment and people should get onto
    their clubs and get their orders in asap.” RRP is $24.95 – but is
    available through your clubs for $20 if orders are taken before the end
    of August.
    For more information click the image to the right or check out www.gavind.com.au.

    12/08 There’s something about Portland

    by bmxultra.com
    The Portland BMX Club will be hosting the first ever open Victorian
    State BMX Championship in the last weekend in November. The event will
    be open for all classes.
    There have been a number of major changes to how the title event will
    be run this year. The most significant change are the reduced entry fee
    for the age classes and the pro classes will be A and AA, with I believe
    a total prize pool of $3000 (don’t quote me on that). Most of these changes
    are the result of discussions that started right here on BMXUltra.com.
    The Portland club have been putting in a lot of hard work to get their
    track finished in time. While BMXVictoria are giving the track the stamp
    of approval after their first race meeting on Sunday there are some showing
    so much concern and disappointment that they are talking about not competing
    at the state titles despite their close proximity to the track.
    Since there is still some time for change I would like to invite people
    who have ridden the track to comment on what they think about it. It’s
    not helpful if you sit on the sidelines. If you think it’s perfect then
    say so. If you think it needs work then point out what areas you think
    need work.
    Ultimately the idea is to help the sport grow in all areas and to help
    Portland to run the most successful event they can. The only way we can
    help the sport develop is if you make an effort to help, even if it is
    as simple as sending an email.
    Here are some emails we have received through the week:

    Nick Brooks (A Pro)
    I found the race report from Portland interesting, in fact interesting
    probably isn’t the right way to describe it lets just say don’t believe
    the hype. Luke Pretlove’s quote was interesting, when talking with me
    and Scott he didn’t give it such a glowing report, this is a bit of a
    problem as the club isn’t going to improve the track if it thinks it has
    it perfect. I don’t expect people to trash can the track but an honest
    evaluation will at least point them in the right direction.I thought some
    of the obstacles were a bit wacky such as the step up step down on the
    first straight, I won’t go into detail about track/jump design other than
    I wasn’t that happy with it. There weren’t specific soft patches but the
    whole track was pretty soft and slow on the weekend, it was ok considering
    the rain but the corners did seem to have a considerable amount gravel/crusher
    dust and I’m not sure if it will pack hard even in the dry, time will
    tell. I feel qualified to talk about the corners as I inspected them closely
    in half my races I ended up laying at the bottom of them, you appreciate
    the softness when things go bad. The word is that the large Adelaide contingent
    left less than impressed. The track could be quite good but it needs considerable
    fine tuning.

    PS. They had a bloody break between each moto so we could stand around
    and scratch our asses in the freezing cold wind, I guess they had pies
    to sell.

    Scott Bradley (A Pro)
    Just thought I’d drop you a quick note regarding the BMX Victoria press
    release about the Portland track. I don’t like being negative but reading
    stuff like that it is no wonder the sport is struggling. I especially
    liked the part that said “All riders were impressed with the track
    and layout”. That’s a big statement considering they didn’t ask me
    or anyone else I’ve spoken to that was there. Pretlove’s quote is also
    interesting considering his comments weren’t as positive when he was talking
    to Nick, Rudie and I. I believe Nick has already sent you an E-mail and
    no doubt Rudie will let you know his thoughts.

    (No name given)
    Well we too ventured down to Portland and were very surprised by the condition
    of the track after the rain the night before. Track layout was good also
    and caters for all riders (even for us slow ones with no sharp bumps).
    The only problem we had was with the gate. The angle is not steep enough
    and checkerplate was very slippery to put your front wheel on. People
    suggested holding your brake on, putting your wheel on the welded crack
    etc etc but it wasn’t much fun to say the least, made worst by the wet
    slippering, muddy conditions surrounding the track and caked on your tyres.
    There was a complaint to officials and it was asked that at least a bit
    of sandpaper be stuck on the gate by the next interclub. Hopefully that
    will happen. Other than that the only other complaint I’d have was starting
    the meet at 11 (instead of say 9) so that you could get back to Melbourne
    early as most people had driven up the night before and ending it at 12
    instead of dragging it out to 3.

    If you have something to say about the Portland track please send it
    to webmaster@bmxultra.com,
    if you are able to offer the club assistance we will try to locate contact
    details.

    11/08 Northern Park club race this Saturday

    Northern Park BMX Club press release
    We announced last week that the next club race was on Saturday, sorry
    to those who turned up but I made a mistake. The Northern Park club races
    are on the 2nd and 4th Saturday of each month.
    The Northen Park BMX Club will hold a club race on Saturday August 13,
    registration starts at 2 pm and racing starts at 2:30 pm (weather permitting).
    The track is located at Sycamore Reserve, Mill Park, approximately 10kms
    north of the Melbourne CBD.
    For further information regarding the Northern Park BMX Club call Rob
    on 03 9436 0764. New members welcome.

    11/08 Staats Aus/NZ news: Dirk’s worlds report

    by Dirk Winter (Sirius/Staats)
    It has taken a while but I have finally returned home and settled back
    into the routine from my very recent adventure to Paris.

    We arrived in Paris one week prior to racing so we could get adjusted
    to the time difference and new surroundings. We stayed at the Murcure
    Hotel, which conveniently was situated right next door to the Paris-Bercy
    Sporting Arena where the World Championships were to be held.

    My first ride and look at the track was the Wednesday before racing. Many
    people agreed that the track was not really up to World Championships
    standards, but everyone had to ride the same track so we had to deal with
    it!

    Friday was the first day of racing for the Cruiser classes (24 inch bikes).
    It didn’t take much getting used to the bike or the track and I was focused
    on the competitive racing, especially as I was a younger rider in the
    15-16 Boys Cruiser class. I had three motos and I raced very well by scoring
    all firsts, which put me at the top leading into the 1/8 finals (in the
    1/8 you must finish 4th or better to qualify to the next round).

    Just as I had raced in my motos, I raced in the 1/8 leading the pack
    right to the finish. I did the same in the 1/4 finals. In the semi final
    I had a bit of competition with Masahiro Sampei on the inside and he led
    me from the start all the way to the third straight until I passed right
    by him for the win.

    In the big final I was feeling ready up on the hill. Unluckily I missed
    the start and then had to make up for it after getting to the turn in
    6th. Around the track we went and down the second straight I passed a
    rider for 5th then down the third straight I passed another rider but
    would have to settle with a fourth placed finish.

    Sunday I was racing on my 20” bike. I raced through the three motos
    riding really well & I was just settling for seconds and thirds as
    the more points I obtained the more chance I had of getting an inside
    lane which was a big advantage on this track. Into the 1/8 and I started
    to turn it on by really smokin’ the other riders with the way I was performing,
    I was riding really well! Made it through the 1/4 and semis just the same
    as the other races, everything I was doing was tops, getting great starts,
    jumps and pedals. I was really pumped up for this final & I knew I
    was going to do really well.

    The gate dropped and I was left sitting there! I missed the start by
    heaps & gave the other riders the chance to box me in… and they
    took it! They shut me down good and proper leaving me at the back in the
    first turn, so I scooped out wide and rode my fastest down the second
    straight passing two riders for 6th. Down the third straight I hooked
    up some more speed passing another rider for 5th. Into the last turn and
    I went really low and my back wheel just scooped out from under me leaving
    me lying on the ground.

    I ended up with a 7th but no damage was done. I was a bit disappointed
    with my results as I know I could of done better but I know there is room
    for improvement, so my aim is to be bigger, faster, stronger for next
    year!

    10/08 BSX: TotalBMX sign as Gold partner

    by bmxultra.com
    I am pleased to announce that TotalBMX will be joining bmxultra.com
    as a gold partner to bring you the 2006 TotalBMX BSX One on One Pro Challenge
    in January 2006. If you thought that the official title “TotalBMX
    BSX One on One Pro Challenge” is a mouthful so did we, we’ll be refering
    to it as the “Total BSX” for short. More information as it comes
    to hand.
    TotalBMX join our silver partners Dirt Designs and Cyclelink.com.au.
    Without our partners the BSX event wouldn’t be possible.

    10/08 Help us test our new banners

    by bmxultra.com
    You may have noticed some new Nike, or more specifically NKE6.0, banners
    around the site. That’s because Nike have a new action sports range that
    includes a shoe that is specifically designed for BMX. We have had a little
    trouble with the banners. If the banner to the right appears as a broken
    link can you please email webmaster@bmxultra.com.
    Take a look through the site, it’s pretty funky and their shoes look quite
    impressive.

    10/08 Masters games entry cut off extended

    The Cove BMX Club press release
    2005 10th Australian Masters Games, ADELAIDE
    The 2005 10th Australian Masters Games entries have been extended until
    Friday the 2nd September due to the overwhelming number of entries received
    over the last week.

    BMX has the largest field of all the cycling disciplines and is set
    to be one of the “MUST DO” Masters meetings of the year.

    So, hurry up and dust off that 20′, cruiser or Mountain Bike and enter
    today for your chance to score a gold, silver or bronze medal. With only
    3 months to go until the Games begin, the important date to remember is
    the 9th of October, when the COVE BMX CLUB swings into action and hosts
    this years BMX spectacular.

    Remember entries close on the 2nd SEPTEMBER 2005 so register now and
    be part of “some SeriousSport… SeriousFun.”

    Phone: 08 8211 6500 Fax: 08 8211 6399

    Why not enter Downhill or XC Mountain Biking as well? log onto the masters
    official website at: www.AustralianMastersGames.com

    09/08 Portland track gets seal of approval

    BMX VICTORIA Events Management group press release
    PORTLAND ALIVE IN 2005
    The recently reconstructed track at Portland had its first test on Sunday
    August 7th with the running of the final round of the Western Extreme
    series.

    The entry numbers where boosted by about 25% with many Melbourne based
    riders taking the chance to try out the venue for this years Victorian
    State Championships.

    Even with nearly an inch of rain overnight the track was firm and dry
    and passed the test with flying colours. Amazing for a new track to have
    no soft spots. Over 100 riders gave the track a thorough try out over
    three moto’s and the finals. BMX Vic President Barrie Vickers highlighted
    that with the rain Portland had overnight a lot of tracks would not have
    run a meeting.

    Well known local and International AA Pro rider Luke Pretlove, was asked
    for his opinion of the track. He said “.It’s a track that’s got something
    for everyone. It’s better than a number of tracks I’ve just ridden on
    in the States.” All riders were impressed with the track and the
    layout. All classes enjoyed good close racing throughout the day.

    Most of the new facilities are finished including a new toilet block
    complete with hot and cold running water. The track is set in an area
    adjacent to a football ground and has ample area for spectators, tents
    and car parking. Now the track is up and operating the Portland club will
    be getting the surrounds in pristine condition and ready to host a State
    Titles to be remembered. The Portland club have put in a massive effort
    to get it all done in time for the event and deserve a pat on the back.
    Everything is looking good for the Inter club in October and the State
    Championships at the end of November.

    There is still accomodation available in Portland for the interclub weekend
    and the State Titles weekend and it is cheap with cabins around $55 and
    motel rooms around $80. There are plenty of places to eat from hotels,
    cafe’s and take aways and most are open for breakfast, lunch and dinner.
    Supermarkets are open 7 days. There is no McDonalds but there is KFC,
    Subway, Noodle bar and fish and chips. There is an extensive shopping
    precinct.

    With a significant reduction being made in the entry fee’ Chalenge class
    entries are down from $55 last year to $38.50 this year and cruiser class
    down from $38.50 to $21 and a Pro pool of over $3,000.

    Entry forms and fliers will be available very soon.

    Vic Titles PORTLAND ALIVE 2005 book in now and be there.

    09/08 Knox Club Thursday Night gates

    by Graeme Anderson
    With the final round of the Metro Plate at Knox this Sunday the Thursday
    night gates sessions recommence this week.
    The gates to the track area will open at 6:00 pm with last gate at 7:30.
    Entries for Sunday can be handed in while you are there.

    The canteen will also be open with hot food available.

    Thursday night gates will continue through until the last week of November.
    All welcome.

    09/08 Eastfield Spring Classic entry form

    by bmxultra.com
    When the entry form for the Eastfield Spring Classic comes out each
    year it marks the start of the peak season of BMX in Victoria. Although
    there is only $500+ Payback for Pro Open (14 & Over) male and female
    classes many riders will use the event to dust off the winter cob webs
    and prepare for a busy racing ahead.
    Check out the racing calendar to download the entry form.

    09/08 Victorian SuperNats at Northern Park

    BMXVictoria press release
    Orange Blossom Rules at Supernationals
    As previously announced the annual Interclub Challenge has been re scheduled
    to Saturday October 29th. This move created a vacancy in the calendar
    on September 11th 2005. To fill this gap another Supernational meeting
    has been added to the calendar, this event will be conducted at Northern
    Park BMX Club in Mill Park.

    The Northern Park club has been busy planning several improvements to
    the track for this meeting including a new start gate some track changes
    and resurfacing.

    In line with the policy of BMX Victoria, entry fees have been kept low
    ($8.50 for Sprockets and $11.00 for age classes) to make our sport more
    affordable.

    In another innovation the Orange Blossom transfer rules will be used
    in this event. If you haven’t heard of Orange Blossom before the
    short explanation is more riders will get a chance to ride in a semi final
    and the finals will be a 2 rider shoot out. That is all you really need
    to know however if you want more information the full Orange Blossom rules
    are included on the new BMXV web site www.bmx.org.au.

    The whole event is centred on a fun family day atmosphere.

    Entry forms will be available shortly from the BMXV web site or right
    here at bmxultra.com

    08/08 BSX Update

    by bmxultra.com
    Competitors list updated (now 26 riders)

    AA Pros
    Wade Bootes (Qld)
    Glenn Cadega (Qld)
    Tony Harvey (Vic)
    Levi Collins (Vic)
    Ben Price (Vic)
    David Page (Vic)
    Jonathan Hoare (Vic)
    Brock Tuckerman (Vic)
    Ross Miller (SA)
    Ben Davis (WA)
    Blake Schofield (WA)
    Simon Anderson (Vic)
    Michael Vockenson (Qld)
    Shaun Craven (Vic)
    A Pros
    Shannon Rademaker (Vic)
    Geoff Tripovich (Vic)
    Aaron Jeffree (Vic)
    Adam Carey (Vic)
    Phil Brezigar (Qld)
    Nathan Evans (Vic)
    Scott Bradley (SA)
    Nick Brookes (SA)
    Paul Surrey (NSW)
    Shane Jenkins (Vic)
    Josh Callan (Vic)
    Michael Chasteauneuf (Vic)
    Adam Robb (Vic)

    We are going to start putting together a webpage with full details of
    the BSX event over the coming weeks, any of the riders above or any new
    riders who wish to be added can provide details for a profile.
    Here’s the information we need:
    Photo: You can send a mug shot and/or racing photo if you like.
    Date of Birth:
    Nickname:
    Height/Weight:
    Year started racing:
    Year started racing pro:
    Sponsors:

    The track
    It has been a while since I have released photos of the backyard track,
    3 months in fact. That was just after I hired a small tip truck and brought
    the last lot of dirt in. You might remember this photo if you have visited
    bmxultra.com since May.

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    Since then I have been spending all my spare time on the weekends with
    my trusty walkman, shovel, pick and I also decided it was time to buy
    a wheelbarrow as well to make things much easier.
    What’s changed? Generally all existing jumps and corners have been widened
    to handle two riders.

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    What’s currently the first jump (above left photo) has been dug out, it’s
    also been made slightly bigger and widened. Oh and don’t worry there will
    be another large jump before that soon.
    The first two corners (both inside and out) have been reshaped and are
    basically done, but will need more dirt to build them up to a height of
    about 3 feet tall, they are currently around 2 feet tall, give or take
    a few inches.
    The jumps down the second straight (above center photo) have been widened.
    There’s actually two different sets of jumps depending on which corner
    you come out of. You get more speed out of the outside corner so there’s
    a bigger dirt jump, while on the inside it’s a roller.
    The third straight (above right photo – left side) has been completely
    changed and is now a 4 pack. I haven’t ridden the last straight yet, I
    was exhausted by the time I had finished shaping it yesterday, so it may
    require some tweaking.
    There are only a couple of barrow loads of spare dirt left now, so I’ll
    be organising more dirt as soon as I get some more money together to hire
    the equipment to move it. I’m hoping to use a bobcat to finish off the
    track. It’s a lot of fun shovelling, but damn it’s hard work.
    The idea now is to make everything about 50% bigger than it already is,
    and complete the last 2 corners and straights. The starting hill will
    be around 1.5 meters tall with a dirt ramp, there won’t be much chance
    to pedal so this track will have a lot of flow.

    For event sponsorship enquires please email webmaster@bmxultra.com.

    The 2006 BSX is presented by bmxultra.com, but would not be possible
    without support from our partners Dirt
    Designs and Cyclelink.com.au.

    05/08 Throttle Grip

    by Bruce B. Mayer Owner / President ATI (www.rideati.com)
    [Ultra: Last month we asked people how they stopped “throttle grip”.
    ATi are a manufacturer of BMX race grips, as well as pads and plates,
    etc out of America. ATi’s president Bruce Mayer took time out of his busy
    schedule to give an unbiased analysis of cause and possible solutions.
    This is what he had to say about it.] We have found that most of the problems with throttle grips stems from
    various causes. The number one cause is that the handlebars are not cleaned
    well before new grips are put on, and whatever is used to install the
    new grips is going to break down the residue and the grip will not stick
    properly. Second, although spray paint, hairspray, compressed air, alcohol,
    and even WD 40 seem to work, they are not the recommended methods.

    ATi has attended many races and installed thousands of pairs of grips,
    over the years, from small children’s grips, up to, and including, many,
    many Pro rider’s grips. We have used several methods, but our most successful
    is using the Shimano Citrus based degreaser which has a slight chemical
    reaction with the grip material, which allows the grip to slip on fairly
    easily, immediately fuses the grip to the handlebar, then dries without
    any slippery residue. Any citrus based degreaser should work providing
    it doesn’t leave a film or slippery residue behind.

    WD 40 is the next best alternative. Using compressed air will enlarge
    the grip too much, and although it will fit to the bar, its longevity
    is reduced because the elasticity of the grip has been compromised. This
    will also happen when a grip has been removed and is being reinstalled
    a second time. Most grip manufacturers do not recommend installing grips
    a second time.

    Other problems that may cause throttle grip are bars that are painted
    with a rough finish and are not smooth which allows air to get between
    the bar and the grip. Also, bars that have bends in the grip area will
    allow for a slight air gap which will eventually cause the grip to start
    slipping. There are also some inexpensive grips on the market which are
    made from an inferior rubber which is more like tire rubber, that will
    break down quicker and allow the grip to slip sooner than grips made with
    better material.

    It is also a good idea to install grips in a cooler temperature rather
    than in the blazing heat so the grips are at their smallest size when
    installed and adhere better to the bars.

    If necessary, in wet weather or extreme heat, ATi does have a grip glue
    that will secure the grip even more to the bar. Most people, that use
    the grip glue, do not allow the 24 hours for the glue to set up completely
    before they ride and this will cause the glue not to be as effective as
    it can be. About 98 percent of the time grip glue is not required, but
    for some it may be a preference.

    Throttle grip article: Part 1 | Part 2

    05/08 BMX Xtreme store opens in NSW

    BMX Xtreme press release
    BMX Xtreme is a new BMX specialty store that has just started trading
    within the Newcastle/Lake Macquarie area. It’s a retail outlet with a
    new e-commerce website which has been in the planning now for the past
    12 months (these things don’t happen overnight). A BMX specific
    store focusing on all aspects of the bmx scene, supplying all the lastest
    ‘n greatest BMX goodies.
    The website address is www.bmxxtreme.com.au
    check it out and let me know what you think.

    04/08 Western Extreme Series ends this weekend

    by David Price
    The final round of the Series will be held this weekend 7th August
    at the Portland track which has been remodified for the Victorian State
    Titles in November.
    This will give riders a chance to test out the new track before the States.
    Racing starts at 11am.

    04/08 Northern Park club race Saturday

    Northern Park press release
    The Northen Park BMX Club will hold a club race on Saturday registration
    starts at 2 pm and racing starts at 2:30 pm (weather permitting). The
    track is located at Sycamore Reserve, Mill Park, approximately 10kms north
    of the Melbourne CBD.
    In other Northern Park news, the club has met with council and equipment
    operators and everything is looking good for the new gate, surface and
    track changes to be complete by the Open race meeting on Sunday September
    11. Entry forms should be available soon.
    For further information regarding the Northern Park BMX Club call Rob
    on 03 9436 0764. New members welcome.

    04/08 Home Brew: Aussies on the way

    by bmxultra.com
    It’s been a few months now since the release of the highly successful
    Home Brew: ACT Titles DVD, we received a lot of feedback and have taken
    it all into account. The Home Brew: Aussies (working title) DVD will include
    footage from the 2005 Australian BMX Championships in Cairns earlier this
    year, it will be a little different with more than just pro racing, however
    it will still have a pro rider focus. We will make sure we keep it punchy
    with faster music and more highlights style action. It’s already well
    on the way and on target for an early September release. Home Brew: Aussies
    is made possible by www.undecided.com.au,
    Dirt Designs, Cyclelink.com.au, camera jockeys Nerelle, Shannon Rademaker
    and Brett MaliC.

    03/08 Sneak Preview: One Bicycles 2006 race frame

    by bmxultra.com
    One Bicycles had their 2006 frame on display at the UCI world BMX
    championships in France and we managed to get hold of some photos for
    all to see. The biggest difference from the current model is the drop
    outs and the finish. Apparently the raw look went down well at the worlds
    so it will be available in raw, there are additional colours yet to be
    revealed.

    For more information check out www.onebicycles.com

    02/08 BMX TTO – BMX to the next level

    BMXTTO press release
    In 2006 BMX worldwide will be taken to the next level.
    There is one level left – professionalism.
    At the 2005 Worlds in Paris a new organisation was founded.
    BMXTTO – BMX Trade Team Organisation.
    This organisation will allow Trade Teams to become officially recognized
    by the UCI.
    All teams with a professional structure (mechanic, teammanager, team tent)
    with at least 1 Junior and 2 Elite riders (male or female) can become
    a member of BMXTTO.
    The positive thing about this is that we will be able to talk with the
    UCI and organisation of high level international events. One of the ideas
    is to have an area with technical assistance/support next to the parc
    fermé (staging area) available for all riders of the trade teams
    (members of BMXTTO).

    We are looking for:

    • visibility of trade teams
    • progress of the sport
    • future of BMX
    • more sponsors in the sport
    • more media (TV)

    It is important to know this is all for the progress of the sport.

    The idea has started when Christian van de Groenendaal (ONE Bicycles)
    and Tiziano Cristofaletti (Ciclomania Racing) developed a concept at the
    European Championships in Switzerland.

    This set up is already well known in mountainbiking. Right now Christian
    and Tiziano will keep teams updated on what is going on and all ideas
    from other teams are very welcome.
    So all current teams can send an email to info@onebicycles.com
    or info@ciclomaniaracing.com
    for more information.

    02/08 Double A Marketing Race Report: UCI BMX World Championships Paris, France

    Double A Marketing press release
    The UCI BMX World Championships are always one of the most anticipated
    races of the year. This year, it met up with some deep tradition as they
    were held in Bercy, France. Bercy, has had a long tradition for great
    BMX events. From 1984 to 1990 there was an event called the Bicross International
    de Paris that would have riders from around the world compete to sold
    out crowds of 16,500 plus. This event alone made many American Pro riders
    world famous. The 2005 UCI BMX World Championships being held inside the
    Bercy arena would uphold that great tradition and make this year Championships
    one of the best Worlds ever. With more than 2600 entries, it was also
    the biggest Worlds ever. Here is how the Double A Marketing riders finished
    up-

    Randy Stumpfhauser was looking to win his 4th UCI World
    Cruiser title in a row, and some say he is the king of the Cruiser. But,
    Randy didn’t have an easy race here is France, as he had some of the toughest
    riders in his motos. Randy seemed to go faster as the 1/8, 1/4, and 1/2
    came around. The main event was crazy, as Paul Lange holeshotted, was
    winning up to the last turn and a french rider came underneath him, giving
    Randy the space to pass them both. Randy took home the win and his 4th
    UCI Cruiser World Championship. Unfortunately in Elite men’s, things didn’t
    go the same, as Randy missed out of transferring from the semi finial.
    As it happens a lot at the worlds, the semis are usually a bit lopsided
    and a lot of potential winners are in the same semi. Randy’s Semi was
    that way, with Robert De Wilde, Mike Day, Cristian, Donny Robinson, Florent
    Boutte, Bubba Harris, and Michael Robinson. Randy was in 5th for most
    of the lap, just behind Bubba but was unable to make a pass and his night
    was over. Still, it was a great weekend for Stumpy, retaining his World
    Title and looking to add both the NBL Elite and Cruiser title to his resume
    in a few weeks at the NBL Grands. Randy’s sponsors include GT Bicycles,
    Hyundai, ODI, Kenda Tires, Tangent, Sun Rims, Bombshell Forks, AC, Time
    Pedals, Fly Racing, Thomson, Powerbar, CTI Knee Braces, Tool Shed, SDG,
    S & M, Fox Riders Co Clothing, Cyto Sport/Cyto Max, and BMXpros.com

    Dale Holmes has been in Europe for most of the summer,
    racing BMX and training for the Worlds. It was evident he has done a good
    job with his training, as he was flying all day on Friday, winning every
    race he was in up to the main event. Many had talked about the possibility
    of a great showdown between Randy and Dale, as they have a long history
    of battling it out at the Worlds. Unfortunately for Dale he crashed in
    the first turn in the main event and broke two of his fingers, not only
    ending his shot at the Cruiser Worlds Title, and keeping him out from
    racing the Pro Elite race on Saturday night. Dale’s sponsors include Free
    Agent, KHS, Kenda, THE, Troy Lee Designs, Sun Ringle, Shimano, S &
    M, Power Bar, Truvativ, DaleHolmes.com, BMXpros.com, and Cyto Sport/Cyto
    Max.

    Cristian Becerine has been a consistent main maker in
    the Elite men’s finial at the last few World Championships, and the way
    he was riding here in France, he was a pick for a podium spot in the main
    event by many. Unfortunately in the semi, Cristian misjudged the gate
    and hit it, flipping him over the bars and taking away any shot of making
    the main event. Cristian looks to redeem himself in 2 weeks in Columbia
    at a special invitational event and then 2 weeks later at the NBL grands,
    where he has a slim, but still a mathematical shot at getting the #1 Pro
    plate. Cristian’s sponsors include Crupi, O’Neal, Answer, UGP, ODI, Sun
    Ringle, Marwi, Shimano, Tool Shed, Powerbar, BMXpros.com, Cyto Sport/Cyto
    Max, and Thomson Seat Posts.

    Brandon Meadows is another rider who rises to the occasion
    at the World Championships making the main event. Brandon was having some
    trouble with the gate as well, as many riders did. The gate seemed to
    be dropping a bit inconsistent but Brandon was able to move on past that
    and make his way out of the motos, the 1/16 and onto the 1/8 finial. Unfortunately
    for him, his night would end there as he unclipped in the first strait
    away and went from 2nd to 7th in a spilt moment. This ended Brandon’s
    chance to make the main, but he did give the fans some enjoyment, as he
    styled for them as he finished up the moto. Brandon’s sponsors include
    Specialized, Fly Racing, Tangent, Cyto Sport/Cyto Max, Shimano, Sun Ringle,
    Powerbar, and BMXpros.com.

    Double A Marketing proudly represents Kyle Bennett, Cristian Becerine,
    Wade Bootes, Dale Holmes, Christophe Leveque, Brandon Meadows, and Randy
    Stumpfhauser. For more information on any of the riders, or questions
    abut sponsorship of any of the athletes, please visit www.BMXpros.com

    01/08 UCI World BMX Championships results

    by bmxultra.com
    Are you looking for the full results from the UCI World BMX Championships
    in France?
    Try this link at the UCI.ch website: http://www.uci.ch/modello2.asp?1stlevelid=C&level1=5&level2=0&idnews=3633
    ISTV have a clip of Bubba Harris winning the Elite Mens final. Aussie
    Jamie Gray just nearly stole the show, he got the snap and had Bubba on
    the inside with a wheel in front only to crash at the doubles at the end
    of the first straight, where it looked like he was trying to stay too
    low.
    Check it out at www.istv.com.

    01/08 Evel Knievel DVD

    by bmxultra.com
    For all the Evel Knievel fans out there in the BMX community, if
    you haven’t heard by now there is a new movie about Evel Knievel which
    stars George Eads (CSI), Jaime Pressly, Beau Bridges, and Lance Henrikson.
    Click the thumbnail images below for a closer look at the DVD cover or
    check out the official website at www.evelknieveldvd.com.
    The DVD will be available across North America August 2.

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